Carthage, Tennessee

Defeated Creek Park COE

Carthage, Tennessee



Carthage, Tennessee
Phone: (615) 774-3141

Sites: 155
Recent Rate: $13 9/2015

Latitude: 36.302441907684
Longitude: -85.9090304374695

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • yes-lake Waterfront Waterfront yes-lake
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access yes
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina yes
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball yes
  • Sports Field Sports Field yes
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake yes
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

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35 Reviews

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Stephi

Review Count: 29
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $13.00
Overall Rating:      

Just acknowledging all the previous reviews. A beautiful park. We camped at Defeated Creek Park COE in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms

Clean Showers

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Danno

Review Count: 129
States Visited: 43
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground is a gem! It's well maintained with plenty to do for a quiet destination getaway. All but a handful of paved handicapped sites are gravel and ultra long. Some are W/E only. Interior roads are paved and back-ins are easy. You can see site availability and pick your site from the recreation.gov web page. Locals advise that the best sites are reserved well in advance. Most sites are level enough but some are on a hillside with a lot of front to back slope. I would avoid sites 117 thru 121, 123, 125, & 126 due to site slope. I would avoid sites 132 thru 139 as that area is swampy when it rains. Lastly, avoid 115 due to persistent smell from the dump station. Campground is a fisher's paradise. Folks could pull their boats right up to their campsite in some areas. Playgrounds for the kids, walking & biking trails, and a couple of sandy beaches round out the activities. Satellite access is iffy with the trees. AT&T had NO service but Verizon was very strong. Definitely follow the campground directions (Hwy 25 to 80 to 85) as the shortcut over Turkey Creek Rd (263) is NOT for RVs. Watch for deer as we saw herds of 30+ near the entrance. We camped at Defeated Creek Park COE in a Fifth Wheel.

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Clean Restrooms

Clean Showers

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DoxieLady

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

We've stayed in this campground several times since getting our rig and love the overall area. It is kept clean and well maintained (including the beach area) with the rules given to each camper Followed to your site if you need help. The camp hosts are most friendly and visible. This campground is best used by fishermen, boaters, and canoe users alike because it is located on a peninsula. Wildlife abounds. A wonderful place to relax and unwind. The camp managers are generous and lovely people. We will definitely return. We camped at Defeated Creek Park COE in a Fifth Wheel.

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User294

Review Count: 28
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a beautiful campground with many sites overlooking the water. Some have sewer hookups, but many do not. Sites are spacious and well-maintained. I would have given a score of 10 except for 2 things. We stayed on the first loop, which has a bath house that is closed except on 3-day weekends. The loop was very full the weekend I was there, but since it was not a 3-day holiday weekend, the bath house was closed and we had to walk 5 minutes to the nearest open bath house. With the campground full, we sometimes had to wait for an available shower and sometimes there was no hot water. The other criticism is that there is only one dump station for this large campground & there was a long line at check-out time. There needs to be at least one additional dump station. Except for those 2 issues, this is an exceptionally beautiful campground with great facilities and views. We saw numerous deer grazing just outside the campsites and roaming around at night. Many people were fishing from the bank and catching good-sized fish. The location is great for kayaking and canoeing. I would stay there again, but hope to get a site more convenient to a bath house that is open. We camped at Defeated Creek Park COE in a Travel Trailer.

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Diane Yeager

Review Count: 126
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $12.00
Overall Rating:      

This COE park comes close to perfection. Sites are well arranged and most have some shade. Utilities are located properly and function well. Many sites have 50 amp and sewer connection. Water pressure was great. There are two beaches, boat ramp, and a marina and cafe adjacent to the entrance. We were amazed to see more than a dozen deer grazing near the road we were walking. A deduction in rating was made because the shower facilities are old and not immaculate, although acceptable. We camped at Defeated Creek Park COE in a Motorhome.

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TEXASBOY

Review Count: 59
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a great Corp Park. Very well maintained. Many water front sites. We stayed in site 21 which is a pull thru right on the water. This is our second time to stay here and we will stay again when in the Nashville area. Its about an hour drive to the city. Perfect for us. We camped at Defeated Creek Park COE in a Fifth Wheel.

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camper914

Review Count: 15
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

Have camped at many COE campgrounds in the middle Tennessee area. Defeated Creek Park is one of the nicest. Many of the sites are full hook-up. Bathrooms and grounds are very well maintained. We camped at Defeated Creek Park COE in a Fifth Wheel.

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jcpainter

Review Count: 20
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $12.00
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This is a fantastic Corps of Engineer park. It's well kept with beautiful views surrounded by Cordell Hull lake. Regular rates range from $15 to $25 depending on whether you choose an interior site or one next to the lake. Not all sites have sewer. Those that do charge $1 more. They honor the federal Senior Pass that offers camping at half off. If you have a lakeside site, you can pull your boat up to the shore, right by your camper. The views are just phenomenal. Being a fed park, there is no cable or Wi-Fi. Over the air TV signal is good and Verizon data service works satisfactorily. Good campground Wi-Fi would make this a 10+ rating. This is not a "stop over" site, it's a vacation destination. Do not follow GPS directions to get to the campground. Instead, take 80 and 85 out of Carthage to the campground. GPSs want to take you down some really narrow mountain roads. Great place for families. We camped at Defeated Creek Park COE in a Fifth Wheel.

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TEXASBOY

Review Count: 59
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

This is one of the nicest parks we have stayed in. Many lakefront sites with plenty of room. Cordell Hull is a pretty lake. We will stay here again. We camped at Defeated Creek Park COE in a Fifth Wheel.

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MayorBobK

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2012 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Excellent COE Campground on a beautiful lake. People were friendly, sites were level and spacious. Marina close by. Deer everywhere in the evening. Off the beaten path and very quiet. Bought tomatoes and cabbage at a farm close by that were great. Even without cable or Wi-Fi, it is still a 10. We camped at Defeated Creek Park COE in a Fifth Wheel.

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Fdwt994

Review Count: 32
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: April, 2012 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

A very nice park with many nice sites. The entire park is on a peninsula surrounded by Defeated Creek and the Cordell Hull Reservoir. Our site, #75, was a large pull through facing the water. It was a beautiful site and just across the street from the playground. Most of the sites are spacious; however, many of the full hookup sites are rather close together with little or no vegetation between them. Nearly all of the campground is populated with old growth shade trees, but unlike typical COE parks, the only ground cover is mowed grass. It's a nice touch and gives the families plenty of open spaces to use. There are two different playgrounds in the campground itself with another one in a nearby picnic area. The bath house in our loop was dated and not cleaned all too well. We arrived during a busy weekend and noticed cleaning crews there on the following Monday morning but didn't see them again before we left on Friday. The floors were wet literally for a couple of days as though they were cleaned with a garden hose rather than a mop. I don't mean to give the impression that the bathrooms were filthy because they were NOT, I'm just saying that they could have been cleaned better. On the plus side, our bath house had hand soap. There was also a much newer bath house in another loop that couldn't have been more than a couple of years old, so I suspect that the park will be replacing all of them in due time. There is no camp store, but firewood can be purchased just outside the park for a reasonable price, and the nearby town of Carthage has a Super WalMart in addition to another grocery store and a few restaurants. There is also a marina just outside the campground gate that rents pontoon and other boats for a fair price. The folks that own the marina are a nice family and worked hard to earn our money. Our AT&T signal was adequate but was an "off-network" tower so data usage was very limited, and in fact, was turned off by AT&T for my iPhone after I exceeded 100mb in usage. TV signal for over the air was decent; we received approximately 10 channels. We saw a large herd of deer every evening in and around the campground. No racoons though! We would definitely camp here again and would not hesitate to recommend this place to others. We camped at Defeated Creek Park COE in a Travel Trailer.

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RockyandBullwinkle

Review Count: 124
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: April, 2012 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

We've stayed here a couple of times and had two completely different experiences. During our first stay we had gorgeous weather and a spacious, level site with 50 amp and full hook-ups and a view of the lake. This time, we had a very sloped site away from the lake and only water and 30 amp electric. Our AT&T cell service was practically non-existent. We camped at Defeated Creek Park COE in a Motorhome.

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hawgtitan

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2011 - $19.00
Overall Rating:      

This is absolutely the best campground ever. Very large with plenty of places for kids to have fun. Fairly level all over so even the little ones can enjoy their bikes. Beautiful lake and all the sites are very large. We would recommend this campground to any and all ages!!! We camped at Defeated Creek Park COE in a Travel Trailer.

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User294

Review Count: 28
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2011 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a beautifully maintained campground on a lake perfect for fishing or kayaking. Our site was right on the water and we enjoyed the breezes off the water. We saw a lot of deer after dark. I would have given this campground a 10 out of 10 except for one complaint. The bath house shown closest to our site on the map was closed. It was quite a long walk uphill to the nearest bath house. Except for that, it was ideal and we look forward to camping here again. We camped at Defeated Creek Park COE in a Travel Trailer.

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Ken and Lee

Review Count: 35
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2011 - $12.00
Overall Rating:      

Absolutely beautiful setting, spacious grassy areas. It really does look like a golf course! Lovely lake. Friendly people. Sites with sewer are fairly close together. Non-sewer sites are very large, and some are even huge. We camped in site 8, on the water, and site 22, a bit farther from the lake, but still a waterfront site. We actually didn't see any bad sites. Good hiking on the Bearwaller Trail along a bluff above the lake. Good Verizon signal for both phone and Internet modem. We camped at Defeated Creek Park COE in a Fifth Wheel.

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